You can find a complete set of photos from this event in this earlier blog post, Photos: Trip to Santa Cruz Island with Friends of the Island Fox – May 3, 2014.
Animal and plants in this video:
- Catalina Cherry (Prunus ilicifolia)
- Channel Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis)
- Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis insulicola)
- Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)
- Wild Morning Glory (Calystegia macrostegia)
You can find a video montage from this trip by visit this blog post, Video: Santa Cruz Island Trip with Friends of the Island Fox – May 3, 2014.
Channel Island Fox (Urocyon littorals) (view entire photo set)
View all the photos in this slide show (view entire photo set)
As I do each year, I took some time to visit nearby Lake Balboa Park today to see the Japanese Cherry trees that bloom around the lake each year. We are in a drought year, so the bloom is not as vibrant has it has been in the past, but there was still many blossoms to photograph and video. Here are a video montage from this year’s trip.
You can view a collection of photos from this trip in this past post — Photos: Cherry Blossoms at Lake Balboa 2014
As I do each year, I took some time to visit nearby Lake Balboa Park today to see the Japanese Cherry trees that bloom around the lake each year. We are in a drought year, so the bloom is not as vibrant has it has been in the past, but there was still many blossoms to photograph and video. Here are a selection of photos from today’s trip and a slide show of all the pictures. You can view each full-sized photo and the entire photo set on Flickr.
View a slide show of all the photos
Another Google+ AutoAwesome animated GIF of a Malibu Sunset
Previously in my Instagram Photos…
I saw mention of this on a banner as I was walking yesterday. Here is some info. You can find complete info and a flyer at http://flyfishingexpo.net/.
Fisherman’s Spot, Van Nuys
14411 Burbank Blvd,
Van Nuys, CA 91401
DATE AND TIME
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 9:00AM
until Sunday, April 13, 2014, 5:00PM
April 12th & 13th 2014
SAVE THE DATES!
Join us for a fun-filled Weekend full of activities at LA County’s only Fly Fishing Show. Both Days will feature FREE video presentations from premier Guides and Lodges from Baja to Alaska!
Learn from the experts about regions all over the west, Sit down and learn from some of the finest Tyers in the Land, Check out FREE clinics offered throughout the weekend, Set up your Dream Fly Fishing Trip!
On SUNDAY the parking lot will be packed with Manufacturers showing off their gear and a huge raffle with all proceeds going to Casting for Recovery and Project Healing Waters. Raffle & Prize Info
Sat, Apr 12th Sun, Apr 13th
Featured Fly Tyers Featured Fly Tyers
Guides and Lodges Guides and Lodges
Fly Fishing for Women Manufacturers
Michael Maloney – Joe Libeu – Learn to
Casting Clinics Cast
THE GRILLED CHEESE TRUCK!
Will be here Sunday to satisfy your appetite!
THE S’CREAM TRUCK!
Will also be here Sunday for a mid-day Snack!
We had a chance to visit one of my favorite museums this last weekend and I took a bunch of photos both inside and outside. Here are a few select items and a slide show of the complete collection.
A complete slide show of all the pictures from our visit
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
– Big Yellow Taxi, Joni Mitchell
We have known it for years, but we need to be reminded on a regular basis lest we forget. The city is a noisy place, even if your brain begins to block out the constant noise of traffic, helicopters and neighbors, the noise is still there. It is only when we get away from the noise that we notice it by its absence. We never realize just how quiet it can be until we get away, even for a short time.
Today, we needed to take Joe to an event in Palmdale, CA, far out into the Antelope Valley. While I sometimes can complain about the need to cart him everywhere, I was happy to oblige today. A trip to Palmdale would give me the opportunity to visit one of my favorite museums and also get away from the noise of the city for a few hours. We dropped him off at his event, did a quick meet and greet with the other parents involved and then headed off to the Antelope Valley Indian Museum about 15 miles further down the road.
The Antelope Valley Indian Museum is part of the California State Park system and has a long history. I won’t try to recount its entire biography, but will point you to this information on the AVIM web site – About the Antelope Valley Indian Museum. I try to visit the museum every few years and also encourage as many other people as possible to check it out. It is a unique piece of California history in its own right, but also seeks to share a better understanding of the native people who once populated Caliornia, Arizona and Nevada.
We started our day on a short nature trail that surrounds the museum itself and I was immediately struck by the silence. I often describe it as almost painful after a long time in the city. Your ears keep opening up, straining for sounds and — finding little — open up even more. After only a few minutes the wind can seem loud and boisterous and you can hear the cackle of the ravens as it echoes off the surrounding rocks. You can even hear the bees and other insects humming and, in some cases, even the sound of the blowing shifting sand. I can feel my body relaxing and opening up, just like my hearing. My shoulders slump, my brow unfurls and my movements slow as I gather the sights with both eyes and camera.
Once I am in a quiet place like this, I always wonder why I have been away do long. There are many places within an easy 1 hour drive of Los Angeles, that can offer deep, deep silence if we only take the time to seek them out. Even here in the city itself, you can find respites among the deep canyon parks and rolling hills. Even within a mile of the 101 Freeway, once you drop below the ridge line the noise dies out, leaving you hearing only rustling leaves, calling birds and the occasional scurrying of a ground squirrel, rabbit or coyote.
While today’s experience is still fresh in my mind, I want to encourage your all to seek out these places away from the noise of the city — even if you think you don’t really notice it anymore. “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” and I can guarantee you that you will notice, clearly, when the noise drops away, your ears open up and you really start to hear again.
I’ll post a complete collection of photos from today’s trip to the Antelope Valley Indian Museum very soon. Until then, check out these posts about previous visits.
A Places LA video from our visit in 2010
Previously on End of the Day:
- Parental Robots? – End of the Day for February 8, 2014
- Topics of (dis)interest – End of the Day for February 7, 2014
- Home again — End of the Day for February 6, 2014
- …but Mom, he followed me home! — End of the Day for February 5, 2014
- All parenting is ad lib – End of the Day for February 4, 2014
- A little bit of this and a little bit of nothing – End of the Day for February 3, 2014
- Was that rain on the roof? – End of the Day for February 2, 2014
- Growing up – End of the Day for February 1, 2014
- End of the Day for January 2014
Shot January 23, 2014 in San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California.
More info on Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura):
- Mourning Dove at Wikipedia
- Mourning Dove at All About Birds
- Mourning Dove at Chipper Wood Bird Observatory